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Mark T. Anderson, director of the U.S. Geological Survey Water Science Center for North Dakota and South Dakota and a Rapid City native, will retire today after more than 42 years working for the federal government.

Anderson began his career in Rapid City, and following assignments in Oregon, Arizona and Washington, D.C., returned to Rapid City in 2006 as the director of the USGS South Dakota Water Science Center. 

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Anderson is a graduate and adjunct faculty member of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology with degrees in chemistry and civil engineering, and advanced graduate studies at the University of Arizona. He and his wife Carla live in Rapid City and have two adult sons. Anderson plans to continue working with the USGS on special assignments.

An open house for Anderson’s retirement is planned at the USGS offices at 1608 Mountain View Road from 2 to 5 p.m. Nov. 18 and is open to the public.

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